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Active Antarctica Cruises for Adventurers

Posted by Andrew Castles on August 24, 2022


These days, as expedition cruises become more and more mainstream, you could say that the new breed of expedition ship is more akin to a mini cruise-liner, where the ship itself is the destination. But that doesn’t mean true adventurers need to miss out, as there’s some great options available for the most intrepid of travellers who wish to experience all that Antarctica has to offer. 

If you’re more interested in experiencing what’s off the ship, rather than on, Basecamp expeditions are designed for more active adventurers seeking a range of included activities. Departing from and returning to Ushuaia (southern Argentina), 13-night Basecamp cruises are offered aboard your choice of four ships operated by our partners Oceanwide Expeditions. You can choose to explore aboard the new Hondius and Janssonius, or the classic polar-ships Ortelius and Plancius.

Each expedition uses the mothership as a main hub, and from there, travellers are able to choose their own adventure each day from a variety of included activities, all of which are included in the cruise fare. After anchoring in the heart of the action, Basecamp travellers will have easy access ashore aboard the Zodiacs and it’s up to them as to how they want to spend their days. On each activity you will be ably led by certified experts in that activity, so if you’re a novice they will be on hand to provide training and advice. 

Keep reading to find out more about included Basecamp activities, and get a glimpse of what’s on offer by checking out the video below. 



Zodiac cruises and ship-to-shore transfers

A staple of expedition cruises, Zodiacs are rubber tender boats that are used for two major purposes on Basecamp expeditions. The first use is for exploration of the shoreline. These durable and agile tenders are able to zip along the edge of the ice, giving you the chance to take in icebergs and land-based wildlife.  Zodiacs are also used to transfer travellers from their Basecamp mothership to the shore. All the activities you are able to enjoy ashore are made possible by these boats!


Photography Workshops

Whether you’re a keen Instagrammer wanting to make your friends jealous, or a seasoned photographer, Antarctica Basecamp cruises offer a panorama of beautiful landscapes and wildlife to capture. Onboard your ship, you will be joined by photo experts for photography workshops, teaching you how you can maximise your skills. Then, once ashore you will have ample time to put what you have learned into practice! Each photography excursion is limited to just 20 travellers, allowing the photo guides to provide personalised attention and advice when teaching camera mechanics and shot composition.


Snowshoeing and hiking

If you’re looking to be a little more physically active on your Antarctic cruise, walks of different levels and required endurance are on offer. In Antarctica, each day two landings of between two and three hours in duration are generally on offer during Basecamp.  If you’re joining an early-season expedition (November / December departures), there may still be some deep snow to traverse, making it necessary to break out the snowshoes! Snowshoes are very easy to use, they fit your pre-issued rubber boots, and they’re a fun alternative to slogging through shin-deep snow.




On Basecamp expeditions, typically two kayak excursions are offered a day (while anchored in Antarctica), each limited to 14 travellers at a time, ensuring that the safety spotters can keep an eye on everyone. You’ll be provided with a double-seated kayak, a neoprene wetsuit, and a life-jacket. You will need to provide the muscle yourself!




Mountaineering excursions are offered for the most active adventurers who really want to get their hearts racing. Each qualified mountaineering guide leads as many as 12 expeditioners per excursion (up to six mountaineers per rope lead) on glacier walks to mountaintops that reward you with stunning views across the ice. Mountaineering experience isn’t essential, but you will want to be in fairly decent shape for this activity as it can be quite taxing. If you do choose to take part, you will be provided with the necessary mountaineering gear including ropes, carabineers, harnesses, helmets, ice axes, and crampons.



Antarctic Camping

After an action-packed day full of exciting adventures, you’ll surely be looking forward to a good night’s sleep! On Basecamp expeditions, you can get that sleep under the open polar skies! Say that again -  we have a beautiful, warm ship and you want us to camp overnight on the ice? Why not, it’s all part of the adventure and a completely unique experience. During the expedition, up to four nights are dedicated to overnight camps ashore. After dinner, those who choose to camp will be ferried ashore in the Zodiacs (where tents have already been set up for you) and you will be provided with windproof and waterproof bivouac bags, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads to keep you warm, dry, and comfortable. After a restful night ashore, you will return to the mothership the next morning, just in time to join your fellow travellers for breakfast!


So, what will it be? Kayaking through the morning, followed by an afternoon of photography? Or maybe an easy hike followed by an overnight campout is more your speed.

It’s all up to you.


Basecamp Expeditions depart throughout the season between November and March each year. They are incredibly popular, and tend to sell out quickly, so you do need to book early. Prices for 2023 departures, including Basecamp activities, start at USD $9,100 per person in a quad share cabin, or USD $11,200 per person in a twin share porthole cabin. For bookings, or more information, contact the expert team at Expedition Cruise Specialists on 1800 90 20 80 (+61 7 4041 2101) today.

See the itineraries and departure dates by clicking on each of the ships below.








Tony Briggs honoured with Order of Australia Medal

Posted by Andrew Castles on June 13, 2022

UPDATE - Tony Briggs presented with Order of Australia Medal - 17 May 2023



Expedition Cruise Specialists' Chairman Tony Briggs OAM received his Order of Australia Medal from Her Excellency the Hon Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM at today's Investiture Ceremony at Government House in Brisbane. Tony was joined at the event by wife Vicki and son James.  Congratulations Tony!





We’re proud to announce that Tony Briggs, our Chairman and pioneer of expedition cruising in Australia, has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to Tourism in The Queen's Birthday 2022 Honours List.

Originally from the small Tasmanian town of Bridport, Tony began his marine career in the Whitsundays, where he operated ferries to Hayman Island. Then, in 1983 he purchased 

his own Fairmile class submarine chaser and founded Coral Princess Cruises. For the next 30 years, under Tony’s leadership, Coral Princess Cruises (now Coral Exped

itions) pioneered adventure cruising on the Great Barrier Reef, Western Australia’s Kimberley Coast, Australia’s Top End and further afield to Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Islands of the South Pacific and New Zealand. Over those years Coral Princess Cruises received a number of state and national tourism awards, and Tony himself was honoured with an award for Most Significant Contribution to Inbound Tourism.


Throughout his career, Tony has contributed to the tourism and maritime industries in Australia through his service on boards including the Association of Marine Park Tour Operators, the Cooperative Research Centre for the Ecological Sustainability of the Great Barrier Reef (now known as the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre) and more recently the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), Australia’s national regulatory body promoting the safety and protection of our marine environment.

We’re proud that Tony’s contribution to Australian tourism has been recognised today with such a well-deserved honour.

Congratulations, Tony Briggs OAM.


Antarctica's newest expedition ship; Ocean Victory

Posted by Andrew Castles on February 11, 2022


With international travel firmly on the horizon again, we’re starting to receive a lot of inquiry from travellers looking to book that ‘bucket list’ expedition cruise down to Antarctica. And, there’s plenty of exciting options for travellers to consider given the multitude of new polar expedition ships launched during the Covid hiatus.

Over the past two years we’ve seen new, state-of-the-art expedition ships launched by the likes of Lindblad Expeditions (National Geographic Endurance and sister-ship National Geographic Resolution), Quark Expeditions (Ultramarine), Aurora Expeditions (Sylvia Earle – sister ship to Greg Mortimer), Oceanwide Expeditions (Janssonius – sister ship to Hondius) and the Ocean Victory, the first of two new ships to be delivered to Danish polar expedition company Albatros Expeditions.

Constructed to the highest possible Polar code (6) and Ice class 1A regulations, the 185-passenger Ocean Victory features the latest X-Bow technology, providing high stability in rough weather and allowing for the smoothest movements on high waves, ideal for those sometimes bumpy crossings of the legendary Drake Passage separating South America and the Antarctic continent.  





When you travel with Albatros Expeditions you will note their ships are fitted out with true Scandinavian flair. Sumptuous meals are served in the stylish Beagle and Panorama restaurants, while the Albatros BBQ Deck allows for a more casual, al fresco dining experience. Below the BBQ deck, guests will find the stylish Midnight Sun Pool Deck, replete with swimming pool and jacuzzis – a sure-fire way to warm up in the chilly polar air. Back inside, travellers will be able to join lectures in the spacious Shackleton Lecture Lounge, while the Knud Rasmussen Library houses a range of non-fiction and fiction resources in a comfortable and quiet environment.

Ocean Victory’s 93 staterooms are spread across nine accommodation grades, from spacious (18 sqm) Category G Single Staterooms through to the ultra-stylish 45 square metre Premium Suite. The most popular grade however is the 24 square metre Class C Balcony State Cabin. There’s 57 of these rooms on offer, all featuring a private balcony, a double bed or two single beds, a sofa that can be used as a bed for a child (if travelling as a family) and a well-appointed en suite.




Ocean Victory operates in Antarctica between November and March. Itineraries range from 9-days for the ‘fly in’ express programme, while a 22-day expedition takes in the best of Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Expeditions depart from Ushuaia (Argentina) and Punta Arenas (Chile).

Click here to see some of Ocean Victory’s upcoming expeditions.


To book your Antarctic Expedition cruise aboard Ocean Victory, contact the expert team at Expedition Cruise Specialists today on 1800 90 20 80 or email [email protected]




Ocean Victory Features

Ocean Victory is part of a brand-new generation of low-energy, environmentally-friendly vessels, with four diesel engines and two electro engines, all controlled electronically to optimise speed and fuel consumption.

Features of Ocean Victory Include:


· X-Bow for more stability and comfort

· Highest Polar code Class 6

· Highest Ice Class 1A

· 4 diesel engines and 2 electro engines

· Solas 2012 classification

· Environmentally friendly in all matters

· Green initiative program 

· Albatros Nordic Bar Lounge

· Albatros Ocean Shop

· Albatros Observation Lounge

· Observation Sliders

· Polar Spa / Wellness Area / Gym

· Modern lecture lounge

· 93 spacious comfortable staterooms 

· Dedicated single state rooms 

· All staterooms with Ocean View

· 90% of all staterooms with Panoramic Balcony

· Restaurant on Deck 5

· Observation Speciality Restaurant on Deck 9

· Swimming Pool, jacuzzies and Pool Bar



Aranui Cruises' 2023 Tahiti Earlybird Savings & Schedules

Posted by Andrew Castles on November 18, 2021




As the original cruise company in French Polynesia, Aranui Cruises has been introducing the enchanting Marquesas Islands to avid adventurers for more than 30 years.  Aranui 5, a custom-built passenger-freighter which launched in 2015, is unique in every way. Combining the comforts and modern conveniences of a cruise ship while providing a cargo service to remote areas, the ship acts as a lifeline for tiny communities far removed from civilisation. This boutique vessel accommodates just 230 passengers, offering an intimate and casual setting for guests to explore French Polynesia.





Aranui 5 is a drawcard for adventurous travellers from right around the world, appealing to those intrepid explorers who don’t just wish to sit on the beach at Bora Bora, but rather visit remote islands and interact with communities well off the regular tourist trail. Given the ship’s popularity it always pays to book this experience early, and if you reserve and deposit your 2023 Marquesas Islands cruise before 31 December 2021 (or until the ship fills) you can SAVE 15% off the prices for all departures between 21 January and 17 June 2023.

In 2023 there’s several itineraries to choose from. The classic 12-day Marquesas Islands journey takes you into the heart of the Marquesas chain, where you will enjoy a range of tours and cultural events while the ship unloads its wares to the excited locals. For something a little different – or perhaps if you’ve undertaken the Marquesas Islands journey before, there’s three Discovery Voyage itineraries available during 2023; two to the Pitcairn Islands and one to the Cook Islands. These Discovery Voyages always sell quickly so they are best booked as far in advance as possible.



12-Day Marquesas Islands Cruise

Papeete to Papeete


Mythical and mystical. A land that has attracted explorers, writers, painters and artists. Breathtaking landscapes of mountains, valleys, plateaus and cliffs. A nation of former warriors, with their own language and culture. For more than 30 years, Aranui, as the main carrier of goods to the Marquesas, has maintained a vital link with its inhabitants and the outside world.

See the 12-Day Marquesas Islands Itinerary



2023 Sailing Schedule


Departs: 21 January 2023

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2023 Fares, Per Person in Australian Dollars

*** Deduct 15% off all departures between 21 January and 17 June 2023 when you book by 31 December 2021 ***

See descriptions and photos of cabin types


Presidential Suite: $14,193.00

Royal Suite: $11,220.00

Premium Suite: $10,269.00

Junior Suite: $9,866.00

Superior Deluxe: $9,446.00

Deluxe: $8,752.00

Stateroom: $7,560.00

Class 4 (multi share dorm): $4,635.00




11-Day Pitcairn Island Discovery Cruise

Papeete to Papeete


This special cruise will head south to Pitcairn Island via the Gambier Islands. Following in the footsteps of the famous Bounty Mutineers, the Aranui 5 will take you to the most beautiful and unspoiled islands of the region, via three Polynesian archipelagos.

See the Itinerary



2023 Sailing Schedule


Departs: 18 February 2023

Arrives: 28 February 2023


Departs: 07 October 2023

Arrives: 17 October 2023


2023 Fares, Per Person in Australian Dollars

See descriptions and photos of cabin types


Presidential Suite: $15,954.00

Royal Suite: $12,602.00

Premium Suite: $11,530.00

Junior Suite: $11,075.00

Superior Deluxe: $10,602.00

Deluxe: $9,819.00

Stateroom: $8,476.00

Class 4 (multi share dorm): $5,178.00



9-Day Cook Islands Discovery Cruise

Papeete to Papeete


Ancient stories tell of the migration of Polynesians from the Society Islands and even as far as the Marquesas to Rarotonga. Bora Bora, the high island; is one of the best-known islands of French Polynesia. If the spectacular landscapes of the white sandy beaches and the beautiful blue and green lagoons will seduce you, the different degrees of development, the different dialects and customs from one island to another will offer you a whole range of Polynesian culture, from the old to the new.

See the Itinerary


2023 Sailing Schedule


Departs: 17 April 2023

Arrives: 25 April 2023


2023 Fares, Per Person in Australian Dollars

See descriptions and photos of cabin types


Presidential Suite: $15,954.00

Royal Suite: $12,602.00

Premium Suite: $11,530.00

Junior Suite: $11,075.00

Superior Deluxe: $10,602.00

Deluxe: $9,819.00

Stateroom: $8,476.00

Class 4 (multi share dorm): $5,178.00



To secure your place aboard the legendary Aranui 5 contact the expert team at Expedition Cruise Specialists today on 1800 90 20 80. Don’t forget that Earlybird fares on selected departures are only available when you book and deposit by 31 December 2023, so don’t delay!



Australia’s Best New Coastal Cruises – Departing Summer 2021/22

Posted by Andrew Castles on November 03, 2021



For Australia’s tourism industry, and in particular our small ship cruise companies, the effects of Covid-19 over the past 21 months have been monumental. But now, as the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ grows larger, there’s never been a better opportunity to help the Aussie tourism industry get back on its feet while enjoying some fantastic experiences in our own backyards.

One of our favourite local operators, Australia's own pioneering cruise line Coral Expeditions, has been extremely busy making the most of limits on international travel by coming up with some of the most innovative and exciting coastal cruise itineraries we’ve seen for a number of years. 

Normally over the upcoming summer months between November and February, the two latest additions to the Coral Expeditions fleet – Coral Adventurer & Coral Geographer - would be off exploring the far-flung regions of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. But, this summer, with international travel’s ‘post-Covid’ return still in its infancy, it’s a great opportunity for travellers to join these state-of-the-art vessels exploring some of our own coastal regions in a way that’s never been possible before.

Below we’ve outlined a selection of the very best of Coral Expeditions new voyages on offer over the coming months, and we’d also like to remind you that there’s still space available on Coral Discoverer’s summer series of cruises in Tassie too!


So, what are you waiting for? Give the expert team at Expedition Cruise Specialists a call today on 1800 90 20 80 to secure your place on one of these remarkable journeys.



14 Nights Brisbane to Cairns

Departs Brisbane: 20 December 2021

Arrives Cairns: 03 January 2022

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The latest cab off the rank for Coral Expeditions, this 15-day itinerary aboard the brand-new Coral Geographer is a real beauty. The itinerary development team has put a lot of effort in to create an itinerary, the likes of which hasn’t been attempted before. The cruise departs from Brisbane travelling north up the coast via Tangalooma, Fraser, Great Keppel, the Whitsunday and Magnetic islands, before taking in the Ribbon Reefs and rarely-visited Osprey Reef (a real highlight for snorkellers and divers) ahead of arrival into Cairns.



What really sets this expedition apart though are two unforgettable Landmark events – sure to be days that will live on in your memory for many years to come!

A Day in the Outback: After breakfast aboard Coral Geographer in Townsville, be transported by private jet to Longreach in the heart of the Queensland outback. Connect with the country life with a classic pub lunch and then bask in an outback sunset over sundowners and stories at historic Rosebank station homestead. Fly back to the comfort of your ship stateroom that night.



Sailing Yacht to a Whitsundays Lunch: From Airlie Beach board a chartered yacht and enjoy a traditional sail to Whitehaven Beach. Linger over champagne and a decadent seafood lunch with your feet on white sand. As the sun sets, embark on your yacht again and enjoy the sound of sails over the Whitsundays as you return to your home on Coral Geographer.

To top off this incredible trip, the voyage will begin and end with gala dinners . Enjoy modern Australian cuisine paired with ten extraordinary wines selected from the prized ‘Exceptional’ category of Langton’s Classification, the premier guide to Australian fine wine. This is a rare occasion to sample these wines in a single comparative tasting.


Choose from four grades of stylish accommodation aboard the new Coral Geographer:


Bridge Deck Balcony Suite - $25,790 per person 

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom – $19,190 per person 

Promenade Deck Stateroom - $16,190 per person 

Coral Deck Stateroom – $11,990 per person 


Prices are per person twin share and are for new bookings only from 03 November 2021. Coral Expeditions past passengers can apply their Xplorer's CLub past passenger discount.


More about Coral Geographer





SPECIAL OFFER: Children (4 – 14 years) travel at 50% off and enquire for discounted Single Traveller Fares

Refund Guarantee Applies - Coral Expeditions’ ‘Refund Guarantee’ applies on many upcoming voyages. Eligible guests can access this refund guarantee if they are prevented from travelling due to COVID-19 impacts such as border restrictions. Enquire for full details!


7 Nights Cairns to Cairns

Departures:  04 January & 11 January 2022.

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Even if you’ve already been to the Great Barrier Reef, you’ve never seen it quite like this before! Stretching more than 2,300 kilometres along Queensland’s coastline, and encompassing over 900 islands, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living structure and home to an abundant and thriving array of marine and birdlife species. It holds pride of place as one of the Seven Natural Worlds wonders of the world and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage area. Coral Expeditions pioneered extended expedition cruises on the outer reaches of the Great Barrier Reef over 35 years ago and have forged a reputation for excellence and expertise in that time.



Now you have the opportunity to join the brand new, state-of-the-art Coral Geographer on an immersive 7-day adventure to the remote and untouched Northern reefs. You’ll explore hidden corners, uninhabited sand cays, small islands and pristine reef systems. Along the way find freedom and solitude amidst this iconic seascape. Share the journey with soaring seabirds and swim, dive and snorkel at far-flung Osprey and Ribbon Reefs. Learn about ancient indigenous culture and Australian heritage at historic Cooktown. Stretch your legs with a hike to the summit of “Cooks Look”. 

Onboard Coral Geographer, you will be accompanied by expert guides including a Marine Biologist. You will enjoy freshly prepared small-batch cuisine featuring the best local ingredients and relax and enjoy quality local beers and wines. With an intimate atmosphere and our renowned warm Australian hospitality, you will quickly feel at home and make new connections with new friends.


Cruise Fares

Choose from four grades of stylish accommodation aboard the new Coral Geographer:


Bridge Deck Balcony Suite - $10,643 per person

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom - $7,920 per person

Promenade Deck Stateroom - $5,940 per person 

Coral Deck Stateroom - $4,950 per person


Prices are per person twin share and are for new bookings only from 03 November 2021. Enquire for special single traveller fares.





SPECIAL OFFER: Ask us about reduced single traveller fares on November & December 2021 departures

Refund Guarantee Applies - Coral Expeditions’ ‘Refund Guarantee’ applies on many upcoming voyages. Eligible guests can access this refund guarantee if they are prevented from travelling due to COVID-19 impacts such as border restrictions. Enquire for full details!


10 Nights Adelaide to Adelaide

Departures:  22 November 2021, 02 December 2021, 13 December 2021, 23 December 2021, 03 January 2022, 13 January 2022, 23 January 2022

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South Australia’s islands and gulf waters are amongst the best-kept secrets of the Australian coastline, and the ultimate way to discover them is aboard the state-of-the-art Coral Adventurer.  With 5,000km of deserted shoreline and more than 300 islands, there’s a huge diversity of natural wilderness to explore including spectacular bays and beaches, remote islands, and stunning sea cliffs. Best of all, most of it is wild and unspoilt.  That means there’s a real sense of adventure and seclusion, and a vast array of wildlife. Many of the islands are important sanctuaries for birds, kangaroos, and wallabies, and especially seals and sea lions.  Along the way, there are many opportunities to indulge in the tastes of South Australia with fresh local seafood from the source and hand-selected local wines from the renowned South Australian vineyards.



On this incredible expedition you will visit some of South Australia’s most historic lighthouses at Cape Willoughby and Troubridge Island and learn their stories. You’ll also Encounter native wildlife including playful dolphins, sea lions, emus, rock wallabies, kangaroos and numerous birds at national parks and protected habitats. Gourmands will savour the opportunity to collect and shuck their own oysters fresh from the sea at Coffin Bay, paired with local wines, before meeting the abalone divers of Eyrewoolf Abalone and tasting pan-seared green-lip abalone on the beach at Flinders Island.

Hikers be rewarded with striking views and peaceful native forest environs on South Australia’s coastal walking trails at Cape Donington, Reevesby Island and Flinders Island before cooling off in the turquoise waters and relax on deserted silica white beaches.


More about Coral Adventurer


Cruise Fares

Choose from five grades of stylish accommodation aboard the state-of-the-art Coral Adventurer:


Bridge Deck Balcony Suite - $13,990 per person

Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom - $11,390 per person

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom -  $9,890 per person

Promenade Deck Stateroom - $7,490 per person

Coral Deck Stateroom - $6,390 per person


Prices are per person twin share and are for new bookings only from 03 November 2021. Enquire for special single traveller fares.



Travel with Confidence – Coral Expeditions’ SailSAFE Plan

Developed by Coral Expeditions in conjunction with Respond Global, an experienced medical advisory agency, the SailSAFE protocols promise a prevention and response system that is among the most thorough in the world. Since resuming operations in Australia in October 2020, Coral Expeditions has successfully – and safely - operated over 80 expedition voyages carrying over 3,200 guests. 

And, from 01 December 2021, Coral Expeditions’ protocols will be further enhanced with the requirement that all travellers be vaccinated before embarking their cruise.


Imagery courtesy ot Coral Expeditions and Tourism Events Queensland.